Jochen Hahn took his second win in as many days during his home round of the FIA ETRC held at the Nürburgring…
Championship leader, Hahn, had a good getaway from pole position and managed to avoid the first corner chain reaction that involved several drivers.
The German quickly opened up a 1.6s gap over second on the road Steffi Halm in the second of the IVECO trucks and, untroubled from this moment onwards, cruised to his second win of the weekend and eight of the season, taking another step towards his sixth title.
The podium was completed by Antonio Albacete of Truck Sport Lutz Bernau and Adam Lacko in a Freightliner run by Buggyra Racing.
Several trucks came together under braking into Turn 1. As a result, starting from sixth on the grid, Halm found herself running second.
Front row starter Norbert Kiss came out worse, being pushed out of the corner and having to take evasive actions and dropping down the order as a result.
Sasha Lenz, who was also delayed, ended up running fourth.
Albacete was pushing Halm hard for second until the closing stages of the race when the Schawabentruck racer got a drive-through penalty for overspeeding on two occasions. She took the penalty on the last lap, ending up out of the points.
Lacko also had a race-long battle with Lenz, but despite the hard fight, the Czech managed to keep his German rival at bay who finished a close fourth.
The experienced Gerd Körber was running an excellent fourth early on, gaining ground as a result of the first lap incident, but later dropped two places and finished P5 when Halm served her penalty.
René Reinert brought his IVECO home in sixth, gaining one place over the course of the race. The Reinert Racing driver was closely followed by hard-charging Kiss, who did his best to regain ground lost on the opening lap.
André Kursim and José Rodrigues finished eighth and ninth respectively. The Don't Touch Racing driver will start Race 4 from pole position.
Halm had a 10s added for first overspeeding and then further 30s for second overspeeding, yet she served her drive-through on the last lap losing out twice and ending up down in P15 in the end.
The team honours went to Löwen Power (Albacete/Lenz). Die Bullen von IVECO Magirus (Hahn/Halm) and Buggura Racing 1969 (Lacko/Janes).
Impressive Robineau takes his second GRAMMER win
The top 10 was rounded out by an impressive Thomas Robineu who claimed his second GRAMMER TRUCK CUP victory of the weekend.
Oly Janes recorded his first GRAMMER podium of the weekend, finishing just outside of the top 10, with Luis Recuenco completing the podium.
Teo Calvet brought his Lion Truck Racing entry home in fourth in the category, one place ahead of Fabio Citignola who was in contention for a podium finish until late in the race.
The following places went to José Eduardo Rodrigues, Erwin Kelinnagelvoort, Clements Hecker, Franck Conti and Jennifer Janiec.
British GRAMMER TRUCK CUP front-runners, Jamie Anderson and Terry Gibbon, failed to finish. Anderson was involved in an opening lap spin with Anthony Janiec that occurred between the first two corners, while Gibbon retired with a steering problem halfway through the race.
Frankie Vojtisek failed to start after he buried his truck in the gravel in the closing stages of the Timed Practice session held earlier today.